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Court Blocks Mississippi Law Threatening Abortion Clinic

July 30, 2014 - 2:10am
A federal appeals court in New Orleans ruled Tuesday a Mississippi law that threatened to shut down the state's sole abortion clinic was likely unconstitutional and blocked it from being enforced.

McDonnell Corruption Trial Focuses on Marriage

July 29, 2014 - 9:38pm
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, had a broken marriage that left them vulnerable to a businessman seeking to exploit their power for his own benefit, their attorneys said on the opening day of the couple's political-corruption trial.

Homeowner Program Faces Mounting Backlog

July 29, 2014 - 9:01pm
The Obama administration's signature program to aid struggling homeowners has hit another speed bump: The mortgage companies processing applications can't keep up with demand.

Senate Passes Measure to Replenish Highway, Bridge Fund

July 29, 2014 - 7:49pm
The Senate on Tuesday passed an $8.1 billion measure to replenish the fund that pays for highway and bridge repairs, creating last-minute trouble to prevent the fund from becoming depleted.

Leahy's Bill Would Curb U.S. Surveillance

July 29, 2014 - 7:03pm
A bill introduced by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy to revamp U.S. government surveillance programs represents the best chance for changes this year, congressional officials say, but many hurdles remain.

Ex-Im Bank Chairman Defends Probes

July 29, 2014 - 6:05pm
U.S. Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg said the agency has dismissed three employees in recent months and placed a fourth on administrative leave amid investigations into fraud.

Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Campus

July 29, 2014 - 5:56pm
A broken water main near the UCLA campus spewed water some 30 feet in the air Tuesday, stranding cars and people in underground parking structures and covering parts of campus in ankle-deep water.

Consumer Confidence Rises in U.S.

July 29, 2014 - 5:08pm
Consumers turned more upbeat about the economy this month, according to a consumer confidence report. Better sentiment about job availability supports expectations for a good increase in July payrolls.

Transit Agencies Get Creative

July 29, 2014 - 3:24pm
Transit authorities in the U.S. looking to expand rail lines are getting into the real-estate-development business to raise revenue.

House GOP Releases Border Bill

July 29, 2014 - 2:17pm
House Republicans released a bill providing $659 million to help deal with the influx of Central American children and families crossing the border.

Senate Confirms McDonald as VA Chief

July 29, 2014 - 1:36pm
The Senate confirmed Robert McDonald as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, one day after congressional leaders cobbled together a $17 billion funding bill to help reform the agency and expand care.

Energy Regulators Say EPA's Climate Rule Poses Grid Challenges

July 29, 2014 - 12:01pm
President Barack Obama's proposed carbon-emissions rule for the nation's power plants will create new cost and reliability challenges for the U.S. electricity system, federal energy regulators said Tuesday.

Why Tensions Are Rising Between U.S., Israel

July 29, 2014 - 11:44am
Capital Journal: Washington Bureau Chief Gerald F. Seib looks at increasingly fraught U.S.-Israeli relations and finds mutual mistrust stemming from a broken peace process and ongoing talks over the fate of Iran's nuclear program.

Medicare, Social Security Disability Fund Headed in Different Directions

July 29, 2014 - 11:14am
Two of the nation's biggest entitlement programs are on very different paths, government trustees said Monday—with Medicare's trust fund rebounding strongly, but Social Security's disability fund on the brink of exhaustion.

Lawmakers Unveil $17 Billion Fix for VA

July 29, 2014 - 10:59am
House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion package to begin addressing long wait times and mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs, a down payment on a broader reassessment of how the agency provides care to veterans.

Home-Price Growth Slows

July 29, 2014 - 9:16am
Home prices across the U.S. slowed sharply to a single-digit pace in May on a year-over-year basis, the slowest rate since February 2013, according to a home-price report.